It wasn't thanks to the other team in the city, it was thanks to moronic idiots - every club's got them. As if Liverpool FC went rioting!?!
Sorry, wasn't sure what intelligence level I was dealing with. Did you really think I meant the team? Of course it was the Liverpool fans, not the team, and it was their fault. Don't give me crap about it being the fault of the police, or bad stadium planning etc etc. When it comes down to it, fans of Liverpool football club were responsible for causing a riot where tragic deaths occurred.
JTBaby - Everton fans were twice denied entry to the biggest money generating tournament of the time, probably more times as they would have one it at least once, but that's hearsay. They came off worse than anyone. By the time other clubs managed to win the Champions League' it was because insane amounts of money had been earned by them due to massive changes in the domestic game, and could afford to 'buy' better players.
Sorry, I know you obviously didn't literally mean the team (Souness in a riot? Jesus!) but you certainly didn't mind implying that LFC were responsible in someway, which is ridiculous. English football was rife with violence and morons at that time. Being unable to separate events such as this from the sporting rivalry with the clubs is what leads to these things in the first place. So again it wasn't 'the other team in the city' it was morons, using football as a scapegoat for their own jealousies and hatred. If it wasn't football they'd find something else to latch onto, be it political, religious or just some crazy cult. Football is absolutely secondary in this.
Actually, sporting rivalry is much more friendly on Merseyside than it is in other parts of the country, such as in Birmingham. There isn't any hatred between rival fans on Mersyside, or jealousy, because all sets of fans are proud of what their clubs' represent. Look at the way rival fans mingle in the stands during Merseyside derbys and the way they come together during tragedies, whether it was Hillsborough or the murder of Rhys Jones.
As for the proposal for the ban to be solely for Liverpool instead of a widespread ban across the entire country - Do you think that would of helped the problem of hooliganism in English football? No, it would of made it ten times worse. I'm sorry Everton missed out on the Euro's I really am, they had a great chance at winning it with an uber good team, but the call to ban all English clubs was the right decision.
Certainly, football hooliganism was a major problem in Britain during the 70s and 80s, but some clubs' fans were more culpable than others, and the Heysel disaster was the straw that broke the camel's back. Personally, I think it was unfair to ban all clubs from European competition, since that ban wouldn't prevent hooliganism from continuing in Britain. As we have seen over the last two decades or so, other countries' clubs that weren't banned have a more deplorable record on hooliganism and racism but they haven't been banned from the same competitions that English teams were banned from.